Zuma to announce new Chief Justice

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday afternoon officially announce the country's new Chief Justice who will take over from Pius Langa.

It is expected that the President will confirm Constitutional Court Judge Sandile Ngcobo as South Africa's third Chief Justice post-1994.

On Wednesday, Langa together with other retiring Justices Albie Sachs, Yvonne Mogoro and Kate O'Regan bid farewell to their colleagues at the Constitutional Court. Their term comes to an end at the end of the month.

Zuma nominated Ngcobo for the position earlier last month with the judge later being interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission.

It is not clear when the President will announce the names of the other three judges and one vacant post at the court.